There are over 2 billion people in the world who suffer from food insecurity, which means that they lack the minimum resources to procure a healthy meal every day. On the other hand, every year the world wastes about one third of the food that is produced while it is still edible, for reasons such as aesthetic or packaging defects, or proximity to expiration. Food waste is responsible for the emission of 10% of the world's GHG into the atmosphere, the use of 30% of the world's arable land and 20% of its hydric resources. 

For several centuries, our civilization has focused on two methods to alleviate poverty: government intervention and philanthropy. However, thanks to the recent advances in digital technologies, it became feasible to contribute a solution to this massive problem by streamlining the market inefficiencies that prevent low-income people from accessing healthy food. 

In this session, we will present the case of Nilus, a company incubated at the Harvard Innovation Labs that is applying a market-driven, scalable approach to end hunger. Nilus develops technology to procure food that is at risk of being wasted directly from farmers and producers, and distributes it among low-income people who live in slums through community group buying networks. The company offers ingredients and meal kits at discounted prices to community kitchens, shelters, schools, hospitals and families in food deserts. Nilus was recognized as a World Changing Idea by Fast Company magazine and a Global Changemaker by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity. 

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